Martin Luther said that the Book of James was an ‘epistle of straw’ because he could not reconcile its emphasis on “faith without works” being dead with Paul’s “salvation by grace through faith and not by works”. Therefore he regulated it to the end of the New Testament canon. We all have our theological bias. With that in mind which book of the NT do you find most bothersome? Or if you were part of the early church which book would you have not wanted to include in the NT canon?
I think 2 Peter gives me the most problems, esp. since it was rejected by Eusebius who said that at his time only 1 Peter was accepted as authentically Peterine. In addition it has a portion in chapter three that fuels “Left Behind” types depicting the world as burning in flames. Revelation used to bother me but now I see it in a different light.